Selected older pieces, by category
Note: The flags indicate the languages that pieces are written in. (I'm American, so I use Old Glory for English. Sorry, Brits!)
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ISLAM AND THE WEST
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Anglicans in America GUARDIAN UNLIMITED, December 19, 2006
"They thunder that their denomination has been taken over by gays and their supporters; the fact is that third-world Anglicanism has largely fallen under the sway of reactionary demagogues who have left Anglican traditions and values far behind."
On the Catholic Church THE HUDSON REVIEW, Summer 2003
"Liberal Catholics in the U.S. and Europe fault John Paul II for being out of touch with his Church; but they're the ones, alas, who are out of touch. Their Church's future, whether they like it or not, is in the hands of their Third World co-religionists, who share the current Pope's lack of affection for democracy, pluralism, and church-state separation."
On mainstream publishers and evangelical books TOMPAINE.COM, June 13, 2002
"Publishers' Row has always churned out its share of less-than-meritorious books, and in recent years its standards have eroded sharply. But the current move into premillenialist prophecy novels and other works of hard-core fundamentalism seems a giant step too far."
On the question of anti-Catholicism in America BRUCEBAWER.COM, May 24, 2002
"...today's rigidly dogmatic Catholic Church has bred a generation of American Catholics many of whom, simply in order to be able to function in the real world, have had to learn to put oppressive theological dictates in their place...."
On Ann Wroe's Pontius Pilate HUDSON REVIEW, Winter 2001
"...virtually everything written about Pilate in the Bible is deeply suspect, owing to the gospel writers' desire to deaccentuate the culpability of the Romans in the Crucifixion, transfer as much guilt as possible to 'the Jews,' and thus win gentile converts."
On Pope John Paul II's Crossing the Threshold of Hope HUDSON REVIEW, Autumn 1995
"This book is presumably intended, in large part, for confused laity — but if a confused layman walked into a church and started asking questions, would the Pope really want a priest to respond in this way to his cries of the soul?"
On Pentecostalism and Duvall's The Apostle NEW YORK TIMES, February 8, 1998
"It is striking that a movie with such a dark, realistic texture...should candy-coat the religious subculture in which it is set."
On Bishop Paul Moore's Presences NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, January 4, 1998
"Anglicanism is often described as an incarnational faith; certainly it is for Moore, who has no use for a God removed from physical suffering and carnal pleasures. 'The underlying principle of the Christian faith,' he declares, 'is that spirit and flesh are one in Creation.' "
On the "Church of Law" and the "Church of Love" NEW YORK TIMES, April 5, 1997
"The battle within Presbyterianism over gay ordinations...is simply one more conflict over the most fundamental question of all: What is Christianity?"
Who’s on trial – the heretic or the Church?, NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, April 7, 1996
"At time when mainline Protestant churches are struggling with homosexuality, and when the religious right depicts gay people as godless, the Righter trial brings to the forefront many homosexuals’ yearning for a full spiritual life and full membership in traditional faith communities."